There's no question São Paulo is a destination that offers almost endless activities for tourists. You'll have tons of things to choose from for sure, and between dances and laughs there is an amazing gastronomic world to be discovered. São Paulo citizens are open, warm, friendly, outgoing and it's a very tolerant society.
As a matter a fact, São Paulo is the city, in all Latin America, where more gay people live. The people of São Paulo are diverse- though a bit polarized between rich and poor-, it stands out for having the largest gay community across Latin America but it's also home to the largest group of people from Japan and can boast about having a significant percentage of a migrant population from other countries like Italy, Germany or neighboring Latin American countries. São Paulo teaches and learns, it’s continually evolving and it's one of the seeds that Brazil is watering and caring for, so its development and experience is unique and unrepeatable. Portuguese is the official language and the one most of the population speaks, although the accent is a little bit different than that of Portugal. Still, more and more people are fluent in English, especially the younger generations. In the south of the country there are also Brazilians with parents from Italy or Germany so some families also speak these languages.
São Paulo Overview
Portuguese is the official language and the one most of the population speaks, although the accent is a little bit different than that of Portugal. Still, more and more people are fluent in English, especially the younger generations. In the south of the country there are also Brazilians with parents from Italy or Germany so some families also speak these languages.
Brazil is a huge country so, therefore, it has plenty of different climates. São Paulo's weather is subtropical so temperatures are pleasant most of the year. Its proximity to the sea makes the winters moderate, from May to September the temperatures drop a little and it also rains. Summers are warm, between the months of November to March, with some rains in the afternoon. The coolest month is July – with about 15 °C (59 °F) of average temperature and the hottest one is February with an average temperature of 23°C (73.4F). São Paulo has quite acceptable moisture rates although the ocean winds sometimes increase the apparent temperature.
Real (BRL). There are exchange offices at the airport. Usually it is more reliable to exchange currencies at big banks but it is advisable to check the rate of commission first. Also, in São Paulo hotels, travel agencies and ATMs it's easy to exchange currencies but again, they may charge you a commission. It is advisable to ask for the ATM's schedule; because some of them stop working from around 8:00pm. When you are planning to travel abroad, it might be a good idea to ask your bank about the commissions it charges, in order to reduce your expenses as much as possible. Some shops and businesses take US dollars and most businesses accept credit cards.
When to go
In the Brazilian summer or when it rains the least. São Paulo's summer is from January to March and although it is the warmer time to enjoy the sun and the beach it is also the season that has more rainfall. If you’d rather travel during the dry season it is best to go from April to September. Temperatures are nice and it’s cheaper because it is not the high season.
In Brazil the schedules somewhat vary depending on the sector and the day. Overall working hours are from 9.00 am to 6:00 pm. Businesses and shops close at noon on Saturdays. Also, the malls have longer hours, from 10:00a.m. to 10:00p.m. and they usually open in the afternoon on Sundays. In big cities there are some shops and supermarkets open 24/7.